Fort Hood Gunman Who Killed 12, Wounded 30 Survived Gun Battle
Shooter Identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, Hospitalized, Family Issues Statement Expressing Shock
By EMILY FRIEDMAN, RICHARD ESPOSITO, ETHAN NELSON and DESIREE ADIB
Nov. 5, 2009 —
Twelve people have been killed and 30 wounded in a shooting spree at a Texas military post in a murderous rampage that officials believe was carried out by an Army psychiatrist who was about to be deployed to Iraq.
The suspected gunman was identified by ABC News as Major Nidal Malik Hasan. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, told Fox News that military sources informed her that the gunman was about to be deployed to Iraq. Sources tell ABC News that this would have been his first deployment.
The shooter was initially reported to have been killed, but Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone told a late night news conference that the suspect was wounded and in custody. Cone would not say what Hasan's medical condition was, but said the suspect was not in danger of dying.
Hasan is not talking to authorities, said Cone.
Two other soldiers were taken into custody, but were later released.
Hasan's cousin, Nader Hasan, issued a statement late Thursday.
"We are shocked and saddened by the terrible events at Fort Hood today. We send the families of the victims our most heartfelt sympathies," the statement read. "Nidal was an American citizen. He was Born in Arlington, Virginia and raised here in America...Our family loves America. We are proud of our country, and saddened by today's tragedy."
Hasan allegedly opened fire and killed 12 people on the post before he was shot several times. Among the wounded was a female police officer who exchanged gunfire with Hasan.
Cone called the attack "a terrible tragedy, stunning." He said the community was "absolutely devastated."
I wonder how long it's going to take for terrorism apologists in America to justify Hasan's despicable actions. Tic Toc.